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>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> islamic militants in my year gentleman went after workers in a gas production field in the north african country them kidnapped a number of foreign nationals and are reportedly holding them on site. a japanese engineering firm says at least three is citizens from japan are among the detainees. irish government confirms one of its citizens is also being held captive. a spokesperson for jgc corporation says the nationals worked for their operations in algeria. the company is building three natural gas plants there a representative at a local jgc office told nhk he received a phone call from an employee stationed at a site about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, algiers. he said the employee told him that gunshots had been heard in the distance over a period of about 20 minutes. the representative then said he lost contact with the employee. algerian news agency dna has reported that an armed group attacked a boarding house for staff working at an oil-related facility about 1500 kilometers south of algiers. it says the militants are holdin
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe has been going at a steady pace since he returned to office last month, retooling the economy, revising foreign policy and reviewing national defense. now he's taken time to pause and sum up his vision for the country. abe spoke before the diet for the first time since his liberal democratic party took power. the prime minister said the economy is his top priority. he noted deflation and the strong yen are shaking japanese people's belief that working hard will bring rewards. >> translator: i will restore a strong economy and unshakable determination. i will press ahead with my three areas of economic policy, bold monetary measures, a fiscal policy and a growth strategy that induces private investment. >> abe urged lawmakers to swiftly pass extra budget bills for the current fiscal year to pay for stimulus measures. he said his spending measures won't go on forever and that he aims to achieve healthy public finances. the prime minister then turned his attention to diplomacy and national security. he
. japanese leaders lay out their master plan for revitalizing the economy. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese government is following through on its promises to give the economy a shot in the arm. government leaders have agreed on a stimulus package worth $115 billion. they hope to boost growth by 2%. the government will allocate the funds to three areas. more than $40 billion will go to rebuilding after the earthquake and tsunami and to disaster prevention. workers will use the funds repairing infrastructure such as tunnels and bridges. about $35 billion will be spent on measures to ensure security and revitalized communities. and about $35 billion will be spent on driving growth. some of that will support business ventures. other funds will go into promoting joint research projects between universities and companies. stimulus package plus spending by local governments and the private sector will add up to $230 billion. >> translator: governments under the democratic party focused only on redistribution. they didn't make enough effort to increase incomes and expand the economy. i'
to publish an editorial. welcome to nhk world "newsline." the people in china who report the news are making it instead, a newspaper publisher says he will quit because of the meddling by communist party people. this recent tug of war has been playing out since last week when journalists at another paper said they had been censored. we have more from beijing. >> reporter: these protesters are angry and not backing down. hundreds gathered for a third straight day of demonstrations in front of the headquarters of the -- they are upset because communist party officials forced them to change an editorial, calling for greater democracy and the freedom of speech. the issue of censorship has flared up across china. another newspaper, one affiliated with the communist party, ran an editorial monday, calling for calm. it says anyone showing open opposition to the government will be considered a loser. associates say chinese authorities ordered other newspapers to publish the article. many did on news. "the beijing news" did not. the daily eventually ran part of the editorial a day later, after repeat
>>> welcome to nhk "newsline." algerian forces continue to search for islamist militants that could be hiding at a gas plant in the east of the country. the militants have been holed up at the complex in the city of in amenas with hostages from several countries. the bodies of five persons bearing japanese tags have been brought to the hospital. japan's delegation is there. they're trying to determine the fate of 10 japanese employees of engineering firm jgc corporation. the company confirmed friday that seven other japanese employees are alive. >>> during the standoff, an algerian tv station aired audio recordings of communications between the country's security forces and the militants. >>> the algerian government is under fire for failing to release updates on the hostages since confirming the deaths of 23 on saturday. officials say prime minister abdelmalek sellal will disclose more details at a news conference later on monday. dozens of hostages are still missing. >>> japanese and u.s. regulators are investigating the company that makes batteries for the boeing 787. they are tr
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." family and friends of a group of hostages being held captive in algeria are anxiously waiting for word their loved ones are safe. islamist militants kidnapped the group on wednesday at a natural gas plant in the desert. little was known about what's happening at the facility but al jazeera aired an interview with some of the hostages including a japanese man who says he was injured when all jeeran security forces fired on the militants. at least three japanese are being held at the remote plant 1,000 kilometers from the nation's capitol. >> i was shot. my condition is not so bad. >> he and the other hostages were apparently speaking under the close watch of their captors. a man said to be the kidnappers' leader said they will kill the hostages unless the security forces stop firing. the militant group attacked the facility operated by the british burm bp and others in eastern algeria on friday. jjc corporation says at least three of its 17 japanese employees at the plant are among those being held. the militants are demanding that france end it
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> the leaders of britain and france say a rescue operation is ongoing at a natural gas plant in eastern algeria. the country's security forces moved in thursday to free workers who have been held hostage by islamist militants. the total number of captives is unknown. >> they're still pursuing hostages in other areas of the site. >> the militants kidnapped the workers on wednesday. the hostages include japanese, french, and american citizens. an escapee said that militants were holding hostages in a residential section of the facility. algerian military air strikes caused panic and 400 to 600 captives rushed to emergency exits, ignoring orders by the militants to stop. an irish hostage told reuters that the algerian army carried out an air strike on five jeeps with captives inside. his vehicle was its only one that wasn't blown up. spokes persons for the japanese engineering firm jgc corporation says they have been in contact with the captives. the fate of the remaining 10 hostages is unknown. they expressed their determine togs continue fight
the economy. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese government is following through on its promises to give the economy a shot in the arm. government leaders have agreed on a stimulus package worth $115 billion. they hope to boost growth by 2%. the government will allocate the funds to three areas. more than $40 billion will go to rebuilding after the earthquake and tsunami and to disaster prevention. workers will use the funds repairing infrastructure such as tunnels and bridges. about $35 billion will be spent on measures to ensure security and revitalized communities. and about $35 billion will be spent on driving growth. some of that will support business ventures. other funds will go into promoting joint research projects between universities and companies. stimulus package plus spending by local governments and the private sector will add up to $230 billion. >> translator: governments under the democratic party focused only on redistribution. they didn't make enough effort to increase incomes and expand the economy. i'm determined to change the basic philosophy. i'm going to b
>>> welcome to nhk world >>> "newsline."hk world >>> the leaders of britain and france say a rescue operation is ongoing at a natural gas plant the country's security forces t moved in thursday to free workers who have been held hostage by islamist militants. some of the captain captives have escaped. >> they're still pursuing hostages in other areas of the site. >> the militants kidnapped the workers on wednesday. the hostages include japanese, french, and american citizens. an escapee said that militants were holding hostages in a residential section of the facility. algerian military air strikes caused panic and 400 to 600 captives rushed to emergency exits, ignoring orders by the militants to stop. an irish hostage told reuters that the algerian army carried out an air strike on five jeeps with captives inside. his vehicle was its only one that wasn't blown up. spokes persons for the japanese engineering firm jgc corporation say they have been in contact with the captives. the fate of the remaining 10 hostages is unknown. prime minister abe spoke in jakarta. he expresse
deficit as exports slide. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." authorities in north korea say they plan to carry out what they call a nuclear test of a higher level. they add that they plan to launch more long-range rockets. officials with the country's national defense ministry issued a statement warning of all-out action to defend north korea's sovereignty. >> translator: a series of satellite and long-range rocket launchers by the dprk and a higher level nuclear test are parts of an all-out action. this is a new phase in the anti-u.s. struggle that has lasted for centuries. we do not hide that the target of these actions is the united states, the sworn enemy of the korean people. >> the country's space agency launched a rocket last month. authorities claimed it was to orbit a satellite but other countries say north koreans were testing long-range ballistic missile technology. scientists in the north half carried out two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. experts have been suggesting for weeks that they could be preparing for a third. the united nations resolutions ban north kor
it on wheels. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people who watch north korea are watching the clock. they say it's only a matter of time before the country carries out another nuclear test. north korean leaders promised to boost their military power in reaction to a u.n. security council resolution condemning their recent rocket launch. security council members passed the resolution unanimously. it expands existing sanctions adding four individuals and six organizations, including the space agency. assets will be frozen and the individuals will also face a travel ban. officials in the pyongyang are showing defiance. foreign ministry representatives issued a statement condemning the resolution as an attempt to deprive north korea of its right to launch a satellite for peaceful purposes. the document says it is now clear the u.s. has a policy of hostility toward north korea. as a result, it says the north will no longer recognize the joint statement from the six-party talks in 2005. that includes plans for the country to abandon all nuclear weapons and programs. the statement goes on
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." a rescue operation is under who. the army has been trying to free the captives. various reports say some hostages escaped and some have died in the rescue operation. the militants attacked the plant on wednesday. 1,000 kilometers of the capital algiers. they kidnapped an unconfirmed number of people and were in a standoff with the algerian army. the governments of norway, france and japan say the citizens are among the captives. reuters news agency is reporting 25 foreign nationals escaped. it says two japanese citizens among them. algerian tv station says 40 algerians are also free. a news agency has also been reporting the militants said algerian army helicopters launched attacks. the militants had been threatening to kill the hostages if the army intensified its assault. they demanded france end the military campaign in neighboring mali. the french government has yet to issue an official response. the algerian government says it will not negotiate with the hostage takers. the british firm bp and other foreign companies operate the natural
are expressing their sadness and their anger. more from nhk world's keiko abe. >> reporter: rokura fuchida ran building sites around the world. he was 64 years old and retired. then his former bosses asked him to lead one more project in algeria. he wrote about it on facebook before he left. >> translator: i'm working all over the world to see the twinkling, starlit sky. next i will see the stars from the desert in algeria. >> reporter: his brother, mitsunobu, heard about the hostage taking, then waited day after day for a call from rokuro. it never came. >> translator: rokuro was kind and a good brother. i just want to hug him. that's the only thing i want to do. >> reporter: fumihiro ito worked in algeria. he had spent years developing energy resources. he led a project to develop gas fields in sahara desert. ito came from minamisanriku a town devastated in the tsunami two years ago. now his 82-year-old mother lives alone in temporary housing. she says she has no mementos to remember her son. he and his former classmates were planning to get together next month to celebrate their 60th birthd
. the nation's leaders vow to continue their fight against terrorism. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". the head of the chinese communist party want leaders from his country and japan to sit down and talk. xi jinping says he's seriously considering the possibility of high level dialogue but before it can happen he says the right environment needs to be established. japan/china relations have been strained since last fall because of a territorial dispute. xi made the comments after meeting with a senior japanese politician. natsuo yamaguchi leads the new komeito party. he delivered a letter from prime minister shinzo abe. natsuo yamaguchi told xi his visit marks the first step in improving relations. he says it's important to continue dialogue leading to a bilateral summit. xi jinping said he respects abe. he said abe was active in strengthening ties the last time he was prime minister and he said he hopes abe will continue with that work. >> translator: i hope this meeting will improve japan/china relations. it reflects china's desire to improves ties. >>> xi referred to the dispute o
to continue their fight against terrorism. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". the head of the chinese communist party want leaders from his country and japan to sit down and talk. xi jinping says he's seriously considering the possibility of high level dialogue but before it can happen he says the right environment needs to be established. japan/china relations have been strained since last fall because of a territorial dispute. xi made the comments after meeting with a senior japanese politician. natsuo yamaguchi leads the new komeito party. he delivered a letter from prime minister shinzo abe. natsuo yamaguchi told xi his visit marks the first step in improving relations. he says it's important to continue dialogue leading to a bilateral summit. xi jinping said he respects abe. he said abe was active in strengthening ties the last time he was prime minister and he said he hopes abe will continue with that work. >> translator: i hope this meeting will improve japan/china relations. it reflects china's desire to improves ties. >>> xi referred to the dispute over the senkaku islands in
fleeing violence and persecution in myanmar. the muslims are a minority in e mainly buddhist country. nhk's world reports. >> reporter: i'm standing at the police station in the province. dozens of people are being kept here with no idea where they will be sent to next. they are survivors of a voyage. they drifted at sea for about three weeks until finally they reached the coast of thailand. their boats were overcrowded. 1,500 made the journey in rough seas nearly 500 people were confirmed drowned in the last year. the death toll is believed to be much higher. >> translator: we were out of water, out of food, out of everything. we were forced to drink sea water until we were caught. almost everyone was unconscious when we were found and detained. >> translator: our homes were burnt down and we were told there is nowhere for us to live. so we decided to flee. if we hadn't, we would have been killed. >> violence last year killed about 170 people and displaced as many as 100,000. an estimated 800,000 were living in the states. as confrontation with britain failed. they tried to flee to neigh
a visit from another high-profile politician. myanmar's pro-democracy leader aung san suu kyi. nhk world's soichi tsukamoto has more from seoul. >> reporter: last year aung san suu kyi traveled for the first time since long periods of house arrest. now on her first visit to southeast asia since being elected to parliament she is asking her korean hosts to support myanmar's democratization as the country is still in its infancy. >> you will be in a better position to help other peoples everywhere. when we talk about peace and prosperity in our country, we're not talking about it just for our people. but for human beings the world over. >> reporter: park geun-hye and aung san suu kyi have similar backgrounds. both grew up as the daughters of the top politicians in their respective countries. and both of their fathers were assassinated. the president-elect of korea says she feels a strong connection with the nobel laureate and praises her achievements. >> translator: i admire your long-term dedication to the cause of democracy in your country and the sacrifices you have made. i know what li
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> people living in parts of china know the air they've struggled to breathe lately has been bad, even hazardous. now, chinese authorities have enhanced their system to give citizens a better idea of just how bad things are and how they should do to respond. they've created a higher smog alert to track the serious air pollution that plagues the country. the amount of fine particulate matter in the air has been high the last month across inland china. an increasing number of chinese are suffering from respiratory problems, so national meteorological center officials decided to add a third level to their two-level smog alert. the highest warning now advises people to stay indoors. >> translator: i can't stand it anymore. i want to leave this place. >> translator: it's the worst i've ever seen. the regime of old is gone forever. >> people have also turned to the chinese social networking site weibow to complain. some blame the government growth policies for causing the polution. others have expressed themselves in song. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> chin
>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> a hospital official said victims were in critical condition after a train derailment. two months ago a train and school bus collided in a central province. over 50 people died. president morsi appointed a new transport minister this month to overhaul the railway system. >>> officials are wading into another overseas conflict. they say they will offer support to fight rebels in mali. they control the west african country. last week they started making a push south. government leaders call on their former colonial rulers for help. france sent in fighter jets. they've been fighting militants. they have links to al qaeda. european union leaders are considering sending hundreds of soldiers to help train malian forces. defense secretary leon panetta said the united states has a responsibility to go after al qaeda. he said u.s. forces plan to share intelligence they gained by using drones with their french allies. he says they'll provide mid air refueling to support french pilots. >>> nuclear power representatives from around the world have met in ma
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people in australia are dealing with a severe heat wave. temperatures in many areas have topped 40 degrees celsius. the high temperatures have sparked raging wildfires. nhk world's reporter reports from sydney. >> reporter: the heat wave that hit southern australia has moved eastward. people in sydney are contending with some vicious temperatures. temperature on the display shows above 40 degrees celsius. it is extremely hot in sydney. there are many wildfires throughout australia. most people in eastern australia experienced temperatures above the 40-degree benchmark. the high in sydney reached 42.3 degrees later in the afternoon. is there anything that you are aware of when it's very hot? >> drink a lot of water and stay out of the sun. >> reporter: the searing heat and dry air triggered wildfires in the southern state of tasmania. the flames are still flaring, and officials are trying to reach people who may be trapped. but the fires have spread to eastern australia. more than 100 have been reported, mainly in the state of new south wal
>>> welcome to nhk "newsline." >>> people in china have taken to the streets and to the internet to speak out about what they consider a classic case of censorship. they're supporting journalists at a newspaper in the south who accuse communist party officials of forcing them to drastically change one of their editorials. we have the story. >> reporter: these demonstrators in guangzhou city gathered in front of the headquarters of the newspaper, "nanfang zhoumo," they say freedom of speech has been buried and laid down mums to back up their accusation. the flower is traditionally handed out at funerals in china. >> translator: it's a violation of our rights. i can't stand it. we're at the boiling point. >> reporter: things have been heating up for several days. staff at the nanfang zhoumo planned to run a new year's message calling for freedom of speech. but the journalists say local authorities ordered major edits. once chinese citizens found out, they wrote message after message to show their opposition to the censorship and support for the journalists. most of their posts have
an unexpected strong showing. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." experts following the move buys north korea are watching the clock. they say it's only a matter of time before the country carries out another nuclear test. north korean leaders promised to boost their military power in reaction to a u.n. security council resolution condemning their recent rocket launch. security council members passed the resolution unanimously. it expands existing sanctions, adding four individuals and six organizations, including the space agency. assets will be frozen and the individuals will also face a travel ban. officials in pyongyang are showing defiance. >> this suggests north korean authorities are prepared to conduct a third nuclear tests following ones in 2006 and 2009. they also declared they will no longer recognize a joint statement in 2005 from the six party talks on their nuclear development. that includes plans for the country to abandon all nuclear weapons and programs. officials from the u.s., china and other countries are urging north korean leaders to exercise restraint. >> we call on nor
future. nhk world. >>> asia is home to rapid economic growth but the region is also the stage for an arms race. india has produced a ballistic missile that can be fired from a submarine. nhk world reports from new delhi. >> reporter: the defense research and the development organization which works under india's defense ministry says they successfully testified a k-5 ballistic missile in the bay on sunday. the group says the missile has a range of 1,500 kilometers and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. india aims to put a nuclear powered submarine into service and is expected to arm it with the newly developed missile. china's increasing influence in the region is behind the move to boost its presence in the indian ocean. china has been stepping up relations with india's neighbors, including pakistan, sri lanka, bangladesh and myanmar, by offering them infrastructure projects. india is concerned that china's roving military presence may spread beyond the straits into the indian ocean. a key oil shipping lane. last year, india successfully test fired a ballistic missile with a range
is expected to keep his job. >>> welcome to nhk "newsline." central bank policy makers have agreed to give shinzo abe what he wants, a 2% inflation target. it's part of abe's plan to tackle deflation with bolder, monetary easing measures. bank of japan and eight others agreed on it saying they. boj officials have previously made it a goal to bring 1% inflation within reach but the new, clearer target requires some bold steps. the document also addresses the role of the government in revitalizing japan's economy. it describes how politicians should promote growth and restore fiscal health. along with drafting the joint statement, boj officials have agreed to introduce open-ended asset purchasing. under a new program from january 2014 the central bank will purchase a certain amount of financial assets every month. no termination date is being set for the scheme. the new measure will expand the total size of the asset purchase program, or app, by about 10 trillion yen, or $110 billion, in 2014. the program is expected to be maintained in the future. following the meeting prime minister and re
>>> welcome back to nhk world "newsline". japanese prime minister shinzo abe is starting off the new year facing a long to-do list, and as he sorts through it all, he's firming up his priorities. abe held his first news conference the year on friday and he underscored his dedication to strengthening the japanese economy. the prime minister says he plans to decide on a fiscal 2013 draft budget within this month. he also confirmed he will submit a large scale supplementary budget to the diet for quick enactment. abe says he wants the two budgets to finance spending seamlessly over the next 15 months to restore a strong economy. he also says the bank of japan should adopt bold monetary policies in close coordination with his government. >> translator: the bank of japan's monetary policy is critically important in terms of foreign exchange rates and in achieving a 2% inflation target. i strongly expect the central bank to act responsibly. >> prime minister abe also spoke about nuclear power. he indicated his government will consider allowing utilities to build new plants. >> tran
by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> lawmakers in the u.s. house of representatives have passed legislation to resolve the fiscal cliff. economists had warned about the simultaneous arrival of tax increases and spending cuts. in the end, republicans listened to those warnings and approved a bill to raise taxes on wealthy americans. >> on this vote the yeas are 257, the nays are 167. the motion is adopted. without objection, a motion to reconsider is laid on the table. >> the senate approved the bill then passed it to the republican-dominated lower house. the legislation maintains tax cuts for the middle class and it raises taxes with people of annual incomes of $400,000 or more. and couples with incomes of $450,000 or more. the bill also postpones by two months major spending cuts that were scheduled to take effect during the day. some house republicans wanted to rework the bill. they complained it did not contain enough cuts, especially on social security. economists have warned for months that if lawmakers did not reach a deal, the economy would
. these are the faces of south korea. nhk world updates you on what's happening across the peninsula. >>> south korea and japan have decided its time to talk. the talks are seen as the start of attempts by the country's two new leaders to include frayed relations. during her election campaign puck said she viewed japan as a friendly nation and stressed the need to conclude an economic partnership deal. she stood firm over differences on history and territory issues. the two countries are in dispute over the islands in the sea of japan. they are struggling to reconcile views for women working in brothels. he said his government will cancel a february event marking the country's claim to the islands. park appears to have welcomed that decision. thoo she's expected to sharpen her japan policy. >>> japanese trading houses are part of a new scramble for africa. investment is accelerating in the continents high growth resource rich nations. africa's economy has grown by nearly 6% every years since 200. much of the continent is rich in oil and rare metals. japan doesn't intend to be left behind. the trading
>>> hello and welcome back to nhk world "newsline." it's tuesday, january 1, 2013. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> legislators in the u.s. have filed to meet the year end deadline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. members of the senate agreed to extend tax cuts for middle income earners and raise taxes on the wealthy but the house of representatives decided not to vote on the bill on new year's eve. the house is expected to resume talks quickly in the new year to avert a serious impact from tax hikes. president barack obama gave a conference earlier on new year's eve. he said he was optimistic that senators could reach a compromise. >> now today it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's not done. there are still issues left to resolve, but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said the two parties had reached an agreement on taxes. they are believed to have agreed to extend tax cuts for middle income earners. people earning more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese prime minister shinzo abe is starting off the new year facing a long to-do list, and as he sorts through it all, he's firming up his priorities. abe held his first news conference of the year on friday and he underscored his dedication to strengthening the japanese economy. the prime minister says he plans to decide on a fiscal 2013 draft budget within this month. he also confirmed he will submit a large scale supplementary budget to the diet for quick enactment. abe says he wants the two budgets to finance spending seamlessly over the next 15 months to restore a strong economy. he also says the bank of japan should adopt bold monetary policies in close coordination with his government. >> translator: the bank of japan's monetary policy is critically important in terms of foreign exchange rates and in achieving a 2% inflation target. i strongly expect the central bank to act responsibly. >> prime minister abe also spoke about nuclear power. he indicated his government will consider allowing utilities to build new plants. >> translato
in a standoff over censorship with the government. welcome to nhk world "newsline." journalists at "nanfang zhoumo" aren't backing down in their very public dispute with chinese government officials. they say they were censored earlier this month and so they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the ruling communist party. >>> here's more from beijing. >> reporter: they published their second edition of the year on thursday. it's the first time it hit newsstands since the censorship allegations surfaced. >> translator: i came to buy the newspaper to know what's happening here and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. the government's propaganda division should be disbanded. >> reporter: editors did not run a story detailing their complaint that communist party officials forced them to change a new year editorial calling for freedom and democracy and they did not mention the anti-censorship demonstrations that have been happening this week. instead, editors wrote that even though the party has the right to control the media, it should change with
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." islamist militants in mali may be reviewing battle plans in face of greater resistance on the ground. french soldiers have pushed them out of two key cities in the north. the president of france says coalition forces are winning the fight. francois hollande says french troops will retake key towns in the north and hand over operations to africa. he says it would be up to the africans to restore the territorial integrity of mali. coalition forces recaptured the rebel stronghold of gau and sealed off the city of timbuktu. french cities won control of the major airports and roads in the area. analyst warn militants could still mount guerrilla-style attacks from hideouts in the deserts and mountains. >>> in ethiopia, african union leaders have met to discuss the situation in mali. they're vowing to do more to help with the fight against islamist militants. representatives of the union's 54 members gathered in the ethiopian capital, pledging $50 million to support troops from france and from across africa fighting islamist militants. they are li
> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the man at the center of a sports scandal in japan has apologized publicly for his win at all costs attitude. he is the head coach of the country's olympic medal winner female judo team. he's admitted to physically abusing top wrestlers in practice and expressed his intention to resign. 15 female wrestlers sent a written complaint to the japanese olympic committee saying soloda and another coach slapped them in the face and used other forms of physical abuse and power harassment. >> translator: i think it is difficult for me to continue teaching judo. i'm going to submit a document to the all-japan judo federation asking whether or not i should resign. >> he went on to say he never thought what he did would constitute violence. he revealed he just wanted the wrestlers to go the extra mile. officials with the all-japan judo federation say he was involved in a total of five violent incidents from august 2010 to february 2012. they say he admitted to hitting athletes who failed to follow his instructions and jamming them with a stick. they r
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the very public standoff between journalists and a liberal newspaper china and government officials is grabbing more attention and making more headlines. staff at the nonfonjomo say they were censored and accuse the latest addition to taking a jab at the communist party. the weekly published second edition was out on thursday, the first time hitting newsstands since the allegations surfaced. >> translator: i came to buy the newspaper to know what's happening here and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. the government's propaganda division should be disbanded. >> editors did not run a story detailing their allegations that communist party officials forced them to change new year editorials counting for freedom and democracy and they did not mention the anti-september sore ship demonstrations happening this week. instead, editors wrote that even though the party has the right to control the media, it should change with the times. no demonstrators gathered on thursday outside the head office of the nonfonjom
-china ownership and coverage. nhk reports from taipei. >> reporter: one of taiwan's four major newspapers and until recently it had more readers than one of its competitors. owned by hong kong interests, it was known for articles criticizing the chinese government. in november that changed. they are expected to areceive approval of authorities, a consortium of companies bought the paper. and the major partner is pro-china. >> reporter: if there had been any doubt, the company showed their colors in november. taiwanese boats entered waters in the senkaku islands in protest against japan's control over the islands. the boats displayed company banner and mascot. the chairman of the company helped finance the expedition by donating $140,000 to it. they join a list of other taiwan media owned by the gripe. it already owns a major cable tv news station on the island and the china times newspaper. when taiwan authorities approve the purchase of the daily, the group officially owned two of taiwan's four major newspapers. china times used to be known for unbiased and liberal coverage, but under it
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the man at the center of a sports scandal in japan has apologized publicly for his win at all costs attitude. he is the head coach of the country's olympic medal winner female judo team. he's admitted to physically abusing top wrestlers in practice and expressed his intention to resign. 15 female wrestlers sent a written complaint to the japanese olympic committee saying soloda and another coach slapped them in the face and p abuse and power harassment. >> translator: i think it is difficult for me to continue teaching judo. i'm going to submit a document to the all-japan judo federation asking whether or not i should resign. >> he went on to say he never thought what he did would constitute violence. he revealed he just wanted the wrestlers to go the extra mile. officials with the all-japan judo federation say he was involved in a total of five violent incidents from august 2010 to february 2012. they say he admitted to hitting athletes who failed to follow his instructions and jamming them with a stick. they reprimanded solada and the
stopping people from fighting is just the beginning of a long process. she spoke with nhk world's rita nakano. >> reporter: in a place where the line between life and death is often blurred, numika saya found her calling. >> i need to do something for that. >> reporter: and do something she has. in her career, she's worked to disarm soldiers in africa and the middle east, helped to dissolve ethnic tensions in the balkans and worked on demining projects in asia, all in hopes of achieving some sort of peace. >> 50 or 60 years ago, the war was mainly between the states, but after late 1980s, it became inside the states. and what's happening right now is the expansion of terrorism. it's completely changing the dynamics of the conflict. >> seya has adapted to that change through her work, with the japan center for conflict prevention. she doesn't just mediate talks between states, it focuses on smaller groups or individuals that remain threatened. seya's mission began with the goal of disarming former child soldiers, but she realized that simply taking away weapons was just the beginning. >
to light. nhk world's apishek dulia reports from new delhi. >> we want -- >> justice! >> reporter: public outrage has erupted across india since the new delhi gang rape incident came to light. anger is directed not only against rapists but also the government and police. people are demanding stricter punishment for sexual offenders. government officials have vowed to take action. they say they will consider revising the law to strengthen penalties against rapists. indian home affairs minister has ordered police chiefs around the country to investigate sexual assaults more thoroughly. >> such modifications required in our laws and procedures and the methodology of investigation. >> reporter: but women and even girls continue to be brutalized. this month a 32-year-old woman in the eastern state of behar was found hanging from a tree after she was gang-raped. and a 9-year-old girl was raped and killed in the western state of maharastra. women in new delhi are signing up for martial arts classes. they say they can't rely on the police. >> translator: i have to defend myself the police are not
deficit as exports slide. welcome to nhk world "newsline." authorities in north korea say they plan to carry out what they call a nuclear test of a higher level. they add that they plan to launch more long-range rockets. officials with the country's national defense ministry issued a statement warning of all-out action to defend north korea's sovereignty. >> translator: a series of satellite and long-range rocket launchers by the dprk and a higher nuclear level test are parts of an all-out action. this is a new phase in the anti-u.s. struggle that has lasts for centuries. we do not hide that the target of these actions is the united states, the sworn enemy of the korean people. >> the country's space agency launched a rocket last month. authorities claimed it was to orbit a satellite but other countries say north koreans were testing long-range ballistic missile technology. scientists in the north half carried out two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. experts have been suggesting for weeks that they could be preparing for a third. the united nations resolutions ban north kore
. this old tradition is now facing a turning point. nhk world has more. >> filling the streets with a soft yellow light. the design is typical of the 19th century. the earliest models are nearly 200 years old. more than 40,000 units are still in use. >> the atmosphere is fantastic. >> it gives me peace. >> in the days of the cold war, west berlin was surrounded by east germany, updating the city's infrastructure was no easy task. the old gas lamps survived. >> the tear down of the lanterns has begun. last year, authorities began replacing the gas lights with electric models. one of them is an effort to cut costs. the aging lamps are also prone to staying lit during the day. city officials say the switchover will slash costs by up to 90% for land and reduce carbon emissions. >> gas lights are clearly outdated. technically speaking, they are relics of the past. the decision sparked public protests. >> removal work must be stopped. >> working as a radiology technician, he organized one of the demonstrations. people formed a human chain around one of the removal sites when the work began, prot
, formula one. kobayashi hit a bump in the road in 2012, but he's determined to get back on track. nhk world's hiro morita caught up with him. >> nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> i'm hiro morita of nhk world. thank you very much for coming today. >> thank you too. >> komei kobayashi made his debut in 2009. he won a spot as a regular team driver the following year. his fans admire his bold and aggressive overtalking. 2012 was a banner year. he finished third at the japanese grand prix, becoming only the third japanese to stand on the f-1 podium. >> how did it feel to be on the winner's podium for the first time in your career? >> we had a lot of support from japanese fan. in the home grand prix, that's an amazing feeling. and on the podium, like kamuiko, even other drivers say that's fantastic, many experienced driver and nobody here in this kind of -- so i think that was a great feeling for me. this is the helmet. a used suzuka 2012. as you see i think a little bit dirty because i didn't clean it after the race as well. but i think this is one of my best memory at the moment. yeah.
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